Jesuit Founder Francis Xavier Becomes First Christian Missionary in Japan Hot

Jesuit Founder Francis Xavier Becomes First Christian Missionary in Japan

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Francis Xavier, one of the founders of the Jesuit order of priests, arrives in Japan. He is the first Christian missionary in Japan, and the Jesuits will be the only Christian missionaries in Japan for the next 45 years.

In 1547, Xavier had met a Japanese man in Malacca named Anjiro, from whom he learned a great deal about Japanese customs and religion. Anjiro travels to Japan with Xavier to act as his guide and interpreter. Anjiro is also the first Japanese convert to Christianity, taking the new name "Paulo de Santa Fe."

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